Ponytail (the band, not the hair choice) could make Darth Vader smile. The Baltimore-based Art Rock quartet's live shows are a caffeinated rush of monstrous drumming, intricate guitar trashing and the surreal yelps and squeals of an animated frontwoman so youthful in appearance and stature that she could pass for a middle-school kid. Here's what I wrote in my notebook upon seeing its epic, smile-inducing set at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival: “Bring to mind the Minutemen fronted by Yoko Ono on a Pixy Stix rush.”
With Ponytail currently on hiatus, its founder and guitarist Dustin Wong has injected his band's boundless creativity and merry attitude into Infinite Love, a recently released instrumental solo effort driven by Wong's complex, uniquely unfolding guitar soundscapes.
The title of Wong's album (if not the entire project) was inspired by a bad psychedelic mushroom trip, during which he said to his equally tripping friend, “I'm gonna go give birth.”
“I went on my bed and I just felt I was in labor,” Wong recently said in an interview with Tiny Mix Tapes. “I was kind of pushing. I guess I was trying to push a baby out. And then ... I just felt the love, you know? I just kept on repeating, 'Infinite love, infinite love.' It was very significant for me personally. And that's where the title is from.”
Expect Wong's live re-creation of Infinite Love at CS13 on Friday to be just as curious as its birthing.
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